Eight VOC and New Westminster Spartan athletes were recognized for their 2013 achievements at the BC Athletics AGM and Awards Banquet held Saturday, December 7th, 2013. In addition, and very importantly, Head Coach Tatjana Mece was honored with the well-deserved 2013 Award for Senior Coaching Excellence.
The VOC’s Stephanie Cho was awarded the title of Youth Athlete of the Year. This year Stephanie Cho broke 5 BC records, was the BC Champion in the 300mH and 11th in the world in the 400mH in 2013. What a spectacular season!
There were 5 winners from the Mece program in the Midget age group:
- the top winner was Nina Schultz of the New Westminster Spartans who broke the Canadian and BC Pentathlon record with 3332 points. Schultz dominated this year and won the award in this event as well as for 5 other events – 80H, 200mH, LJ, TJ, HJ.
- The VOC’s Megan Picken received an award for her 800m success.
- VOC’s Hannah Johnston won awards for her achievements in 80mH and 200mH.
- Jasper Schiedel broke the Canadian and BC Pentathlon record with 3257 points and broke the 1000m record (Pentathlon) with a new time of 2:45.48.
- Javier Sanchez-Mejorada won the award for his favorite sprint events – 200m and 300m.
The Youth category was also very competitive with all 5 nominees having competed at the World Youth Championship this past summer. In addition to Stephanie Cho’s impressive season, Mihailo Stefanovic of NW Spartanas broke 3 BC records, was the 110mH BC and Canadian champion and ranked 21st in the world for this event and was the 300mH Canadian champion. And finally, Jemal Reta was awarded the 2013 Youth Cross Country Champion of the Year. Most recently, Jemal ran an impressive race at the Canadian National Cross Country Championship on Nov.29th where he won silver as part of the BC Provincial Junior Team.
Congratulations to all athletes, coaching staff, parents and Boards of the Directors for this impressive recognition!